Ice, ice baby

It seems like everyone in celebrity-land is jumping on the ice challenge bandwagon at the moment, with a raft of famous faces taking part in a soggy challenge in the name of a good cause. And it has to be said: Bill Gates has geekified the whole thing and taken it to a new level. Do I detect a spot of deja vu? Didn’t we already do that here? OK, so our watery warriors...

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Dr Lewinn’s Skin Perfect primer & foundation

Dr Lewinn’s Skin Perfect primer & foundation

A couple of foil sample sachets of this product arrived with my May Goodiebox¬†subscription, and because there was so little else’s in the box to review I thought I had better give this stuff a try. The primer delivered on its promise of leaving my skin smooth and soft and I would definitely look at buying this again. Coverage felt light but complete. However, I wasn’t such a fan of the foundation. I ignored...

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Bye for now

I’m on holiday until the 19th so am off to Aussie for a week or so. Hopefully it’ll be a tad warmer than it is here right now! And we’ll be back, of course, in time for the opening day of the whitebait season on the 15th.

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I do … in debt

I do … in debt

According to Quartz, the taste for ridiculously expensive weddings is nothing new, but I’m finding it hard to get my head around the average spend in 2013 of an eye-watering $29,548. I get that brides want their big day, but holy crap that’s a lot of dosh. That’s a deposit on a house, or a decent start on one. Or a honeymoon. Or a new car. Quartz, says that figure represents 49 per cent...

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Ecostore shampoo and conditioner

Ecostore shampoo and conditioner

This isn’t one of the more luxury brands around, but at $10 a bottle I did expect something a bit better for my dry and somewhat stressed hair. I have no problem with cheaper brands of shampoo (truth be told, I think it’s an absolute rip off to be paying $20-$50 for shampoo and I’m sick to death of all the bullshit advertising that promises these hair detergents can actually repair your hair, but...

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Goodiebox, June unboxing

Goodiebox, June unboxing

The June theme was “Winter Wonders” and the box came with two full-sized products, two packs that contained five samples between them, a separate perfume sample (so six samples in total) and what the GoodieBox girls tagged as a lifestyle extra: panty liners. Here’s the rundown on my June goodies. Click on the links for full reviews of some products. DR LEWINN’S Essentials hand and nail cream (RRP $29.99 for 100g);¬†full-sized product supplied so...

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NYC Kiss Gloss

NYC Kiss Gloss

I wasn’t a fan of this: your lips feel like they’ve hit an oil slick after a taste of this and it smells a bit plasticky. It’s about as pleasant as the el-cheapo ones you can buy from the $2 Shop. But a tad more expensive. That said, I’ve never really been a lip gloss kinda girl anyway. And this one won’t change that. Spend your $15 on a Lotto ticket instead. NYC Kiss...

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Now you see it …

Now you see it …

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MOR Correspondence Argan Oil hand cream

MOR Correspondence Argan Oil hand cream

This has a truly luxurious feeling, with the argan oil leaving your hands smooth but not greasy. The smell is really nice, not too strong but definitely fresh and appealing. The best part is just how long that silky smooth feeling lasts: whack some of this on in the morning and your hands still feel great hours later. And a little goes a long way so it’s great value. MOR Correspondence Argan Oil hand...

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Sympathy for the scammed

Sympathy for the scammed

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The news that someone in Cromwell fell victim to one of the many cold-calling scams doing the rounds at the moment is a timely reminder that we need keep our wits about us, both online and off. Many online Southland Times readers weren’t particularly sympathetic on reading about the victim losing a whopping $4000, but I can’t help feeling sorry for them: not everyone...

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